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Reva Beck Bosone papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6888

Scope and Contents note

Reva Beck Bosone papers consists of correspondence, photographs, and other materials concerning Judge Bosone's political career. The collection dates from 1896 to 1980. The correspondence mainly consists of letters from Reva Beck Bosone to her niece, Helen Clopton from 1973 to 1979. Also included are Clopton's research notes for her biography of Judge Bosone. The photographs chronicle Bosone's early life, family, and political career. Also included are newspaper clippings and memorabilia concerning Bosone's political campaigns.


  • 1896-1980


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Reva Beck Bosone papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Reva Beck Bosone was born 2 April 1895 in American Fork, Utah. She graduated from Westminister College and the University of California, Berkeley, before teaching high school in Utah. She married Harold G. Cutler in 1920, but they divorced a year later. She married her second husband, Joseph P. Bosone, in 1929 while they were both law students at the University of Utah. After graduating the couple opened a law office together in Helper, Utah. Reva and Joseph had a daughter in 1930, but divorced in 1939. She gained a seat in the Utah House of Representatives in the Democratic sweep of 1932, and was reelected in 1934. In 1936 she became the first woman to be elected a judge in Utah. During World War II Bosone served on the Salt Lake County Welfare Commission. In 1945 she was appointed an official observer at the organizing conference of the United Nations. In 1948 Judge Bosone was elected to the United States Congress. She served two terms, and became the first woman to serve on the Interior Committee. Her reelection campaign of 1952 failed due to accusations of being a communist sympathizer. She retired to pursue her law practice and worked as an office assistant. She died 21 July 1983.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Reva Beck Bosone papers consist of correspondence, photographs, and other materials concerning Judge Bosone's political career. The collection dates from 1896 to 1980.

Custodial History note

Donated by Reva Beck Bosone.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Reva Beck Bosone.

Appraisal note

Utah political history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5. I)

Processing Information note

Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.

Register of Reva Beck Bosone papers
Mary Downs, student processor and John Murphy, curator
15 May 2009
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States